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The Government Inspector

4/29-30 and 5/1 at 7:30 pm, 5/6-8 at 7:30 pm, 5/8 at 2:00 pm
Kiplinger Theatre


adapted by Jeffrey Hatcher from Nikolai Gogol
Directed by: Richard Hamburger

$8 for students/seniors, $10 general public
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The Cornell Schwartz Center for the Performing Arts brings to its Kiplinger stage the bitingly hilarious political comedy The Government Inspector, adapted by Jeffrey Hatcher from the Nikolai Gogol classic. Originally written in 1835 by one of Russia's master playwrights, The Government Inspector's witty text rings as true and incredible as today's headlines. Performances run April 29-May and May 6-8. For tickets call 607-254-ARTS or visit

The Government Inspector offers nonstop laughter as news of a surprise visit from an undercover government inspector sends a small provincial Russian town spiraling into a world of panic and greed. Local officials try to cover up their various misdeeds, only to discover that a stranger from the capital has been staying at the local inn. A fanciful case of mistaken identity ensues as the officials think the feared inspector is disguised as a young civil servant.

"The antics in the play reach almost a manic pace," said Guest Director Richard Hamburger. "The play goes back and forth from reality to a place where audiences are asked to suspend disbelief and go with the crest of incredulity and fun that this crazy town has put into motion." Currently a freelance director, Hamburger is the former Artistic Director of the Dallas Theater Center and the Portland Stage Company. He is a playwright and theatre teacher. Helping to create the provincial and isolated Russian town of the play are scenic designer Kent Goetz, costume designer Sarah Bernstein, lighting designer E.D. Intemann, and sound designer Warren Cross.

Cornell student and Equity actors featured in The Government Inspector's 15-member cast include: Paul Hebron as the Mayor, Katharine Karaus as Bobchinsky, Myles Rowland as Hlestakov, J.G. Hertzler as the Judge, and Briget Saracino as Dobchinsky.

Tickets are now on sale for the Schwartz Center performances. Evening performances are April 29-May 1 and May 6-8 at 7:30 pm with one matinee performance on May 8 at 2:00 pm. For tickets, call the Cornell Schwartz Center Box Office at 607-254-ARTS. Box Office hours are 12:30-5:30 pm, weekdays. Please note that this performance contains adult content and language as well as gunshots.


Hlestakov: Myles Rowland
Osip/Imperial Messenger: Michael Kaplan
Mayor: Paul Hebron
Anna (Mayor's Wife): Sonja Lanzener
Marya (daughter): Alex Viola
Grusha/Corporal's Widow: Melanie Dreyer
Judge/Cherneyev (merchant): J.G. Hertzler
Postmaster: Jeff Guyton
School Principal/Pentielaevev (merchant): Alejandro Ruiz
Hospital Director/Abdullin (merchant): Ian Harkins
Dobchinsky: Bridget Saracino
Bobchinsky: Katherine Karaus
Doctor: Zack Mast
Inn Keeper's Wife: Erin Wagner
Svetsunov (Police Chief): Andrew Wisineff

Set: Kent Goetz
Costumes: Sarah E. Bernstein
Lighting: E.D. Intemann
Sound: Warren Cross